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As the sun shone on Friday, 22nd July, over 50 boats and 200 sailors gathered in the Royal St. George Yacht Club for the inaugural Charity Pursuit Race in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and kindly supported by Savills Estate Agents. Whilst the wind was light, the sailing was most definitely fun with plenty of sailors making the effort to dress up for the occasion.

At the Prize Giving BBQ, Dr. Freddy Wood of Crumlin Children’s Hospital explained to the boat owners and their crews that the €4,300 raised would enable the hospital to purchase vital equipment and to undertake important research which is not possible with the funding provided by central government. 

Top 5 Results:
1. Evan Dolan – Laser - Overall Winner and First Dinghy
2. Angela Heath and Mary McLoughlin – Squib - First Keelboat and First Lady.
3. Richard and John O’Rahilly – Squib - Youngest Helmsman (Age 9)
4. Martin Kennedy and Paul Reilly - Squib
5. Jonathan with Jill Fleming – Squib - First ‘Special Needs’ Competitor

Our Lady's Children’s Hospital Crumlin is an acute paediatric teaching hospital and is Ireland 's largest paediatric hospital being responsible for the provision of the majority of tertiary  care services for children and medical research for childhood illnesses in Ireland.

For more than 50 years, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital has relied on fund-raising to help ensure that critically ill and injured  children have access to the highest quality care. Contributions are invested in outstanding paediatric care and research to help the nation's sick children and continue to support efforts to ensure healthier children and happier lives.

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Sailing-boats of any kind are being invited to take part in a fun pursuit race on Dublin Bay later this month (Friday 22nd July) to help raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.  The organisers have set a goal of €5,000 and have been boosted by sponsorship from Savills estate agents.

The format is a proven method that delivers fun and sport by giving the slowest boats a ‘head-start’ while faster entries wait and see if they can catch the lead boats: first past the line wins but there are plenty of prizes ranging from various different vouchers and a special gift for the first lady winner.

A secret handicap is calculated before the race to determine the starting times though the emphasis is not strictly on winning to ensure maximum fun for the participants.

The cost per person to enter is €5 (or more if preferred) and a number of spots are available on boats so available crew are invited to contact the organisers for places.

To meet the target, around 100 boats are needed to take part and the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire will offer an ideal vantage point for spectators as the race around the marker buoys on the bay gets underway.

Our Lady's Children’s Hospital Crumlin is an acute paediatric teaching hospital and is Ireland 's largest paediatric hospital being responsible for the provision of the majority of tertiary  care services for children and medical research for childhood illnesses in Ireland.

For more than 50 years, Our  Lady’s Children’s Hospital has relied on fund-raising to help ensure that critically ill and injured  children have access to the highest quality care.  Contributions are invested in outstanding paediatric care  and research to help the nation's sick children and continue to support efforts to ensure healthier children and happier lives.

The race is in aid of Our Lady’s  Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and is being held on the  evening of Friday 22nd of July.  It is being hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club and entries can be made online at www.rsgyc.ie or alternatively by emailing: orlacall@yahoo.ie  
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